‘Trump bad! Oprah 2020!’ is the ultimate Hollywood delusion

· January 8, 2018  
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Oprah Winfrey accepts lifetime achievement award
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Clinton-Gore strategist Paul Begala is credited with popularizing the quip that politics is “Hollywood for ugly people.” If Monday’s Oprah Winfrey 2020 craze proves one thing, it’s that Hollywood is figuring out that the pretty people can run for office too. And by golly, we need a pretty person in the Oval Office, because that ugly Donald Trump is ruining this country. Just look!

It’s time for a reality check. As the Associated Press reported Saturday, the African-American unemployment rate hit a record low of 6.8 percent in December. Hispanic unemployment likewise hit an all-time low in November, increasing slightly in December. Despite prognostications of doom and nuclear war from the media and apoplectic liberals, we are one year into the Trump presidency, and all the numbers that are supposed to be going up are going up, and all the numbers that need to go down are going down. Trump is set to cut regulations by billions of dollars this year. Vast majorities of working people in this country just got a tax cut, and several companies are offering bonuses to celebrate Trump’s good policies.

But liberal Hollywood remains willfully ignorant of Trump’s success, firmly under the delusion that Trump is a tweeting tyrant literally killing millions. Death by a thousand tax cuts, as it were. “Save us from the reality TV presidency!” they cry out to television talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

It began as something of a joke, with Golden Globes host Seth Meyers poking fun at Winfrey’s receipt of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

“What a tremendous honor for Cecil B. DeMille,” Meyers said. “And Oprah, in 2011, I told some jokes about our current president at the White House Correspondents Dinner, jokes about how he was unqualified to be president, and some have said that night convinced him to run. So if that’s true, I just wanted to say, Oprah, you will never be president! You do not have what it takes! And Hanks, where’s Hanks, you’ll never be vice president! You are too mean and unrelatable. Now we just wait and see.”

Oprah has previously toyed with the idea of running for president, but after she delivered a Globes acceptance speech that was rapturously received by her Hollywood audience, liberals are obsessed with Oprah 2020. Why obsessed? Because Winfrey checks several Democrat checkboxes: she’s black, a woman, very liberal, anti-Trump, and her Golden Globes speech hit the “democracy dies in darkness” and “me too” high notes.

“I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association because we all know the press is under siege these days. We also know it’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To — to tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies,” Winfrey said. The implication, of course, is that it’s President Donald Trump who has the press under siege.

She went on, extolling the virtue of telling “your truth” and praising the courage of women who have come forward to address the rampant sexual abuse culture nurtured by the people sitting in her audience at the Globes. She concluded with an optimistic vision for an end to the culture’s “me too” moment.

“So I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too’ again.” She knew her audience, and now Oprah for president is the talk of the L.A. Times and blue checkmark Twitter.

So “ultra-progressive good speaker with little political experience delivers great speech and deserves to be president” is the script we’re running with? And they say modern Hollywood is unoriginal.

But let’s take them seriously for a minute. Why should Oprah Winfrey be president? Because she delivered a moving speech calling for the empowerment of women and minorities? Is that the bare minimum qualification for the highest office in the land? Sure, Donald Trump was unqualified when he ran for office, but we’re a year in with President Trump, and the results speak for themselves. If Hollywood cares about minorities and the poor, why is there zero recognition that Donald Trump’s reversal of progressive economic policies has America back at three percent growth, and it’s benefiting everyone?

Results matter. Progressive policies have always failed the American people. What little Donald Trump is doing to reverse those policies is creating an environment where men and women, whites and blacks, gay people and straight, religious and irreligious — in short, all Americans — are better off. In fact, Donald Trump is doing more as president to improve the lives of every American than Oprah Winfrey has done throughout her lifetime of hosting a television show — and certainly more than anything the Democratic party has done for America.

You won’t hear that from Hollywood, though. The Americans who work hard and quietly go about their lives doing the best they can don’t get all dressed up and walk on red carpets to the dazzling glimmer of camera lights and the adoration of self-righteous hypocrites.

So Oprah 2020? Hard pass.


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Author: Chris Pandolfo

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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